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Two Pinoys make it to the Reuters ‘Hot List’ of 1,000 top climate scientists in the world

By Brooke Villanueva Published Apr 22, 2021 7:14 pm

Reuters just named its 1,000 top climate scientists in the world, and two of them are from the Philippines.

Dr. Reiner Wassmann, a climate change expert at the International Rice Research Institute, is the 654th  most influential scientist in the world. Aside from taking care of IRRI’s research program on climate change and rice, he also serves as the agency’s contact person for CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security).

Photo from the IRRI

Among the awards he has received are a Certificate of Recognition for his valuable contribution to the establishment of the Research Institute for Climate Change at the Can Tho University in March 2016 as well as a medal from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development back in 2012 “for the cause of agriculture and rural development of Vietnam.”

Additionally, he was also a co-recipient of the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize award in 2007 for being one of the main authors of the revised IPCC Guidelines: National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Guidelines: Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (2004-2006).

Meanwhile, Dr. Raymond Tan made it to the “Hot List” at no. 775. According to the De La Salle University, he “is the co-developer of the carbon emissions pinch analysis (CEPA) algorithm, and he specializes in the development of computer models for low-, zero-, and negative-carbon industrial systems.” 

Tan is also a chemical engineering professor at DLSU, focusing on process systems engineering and process integration as his main areas of research. He has earned various recognitions for his scientific work from different institutions such as the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). 

In putting up the “Hot List,” Reuters made use of rankings based on the following: “how many research papers scientists have published on topics related to climate change; how often those papers are cited by other scientists in similar fields of the study, such as biology, chemistry, or physics; and how often those papers are referenced in the lay press, social media, policy papers, and other outlets.”

Digital Science’s academic research portal Dimensions provided the data for the list.

Article thumbnails from the IRRI and DLSU’s Facebook pages